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Thursday 25 October 2012 Updated: 30/10 15:30
Redditch United 3 Worcester City 1
Worcestershire Senior Cup
Rob George reports from the Valley Stadium
A BIZARRE extra time goal from Joel Grandison helped Simon Redhead’s men earn a place in the semi-final of the Worcestershire Senior Cup on Tuesday evening.
A long clearance forward saw City’s Shabir Khan, keeper Matt Sargeant and Grandison meet at the edge of the penalty area and as the ball dropped, it hit Grandison on the shoulder.
The deflection took the ball past a stranded Sargeant and spin slowly into the net to make it 2-1 and hand Redditch the advantage in this closely-fought contest.
Grandison was one of three changes made by Simon Redhead from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Frome with the tall forward replacing Stuart Hendrie while Alex Hickman and Elikem Amenku came in for Asa Charlton and Liam McDonald.
The home side started well in the first quarter and Grandison had the first chance after six minutes.
United had the ball in the net after 24 minutes when the hard-working Jack Cresswell was played in by Connor Deards but his cool finish was ruled out for offside.
City broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break when Reds keeper James Wren could only pat away Greg Mills’s free-kick from the left hand edge of the box.
Wren’s parry went straight to Taylor who produced a poacher’s finish to make it 1-0 at half-time in front of just 141 spectators.
The home side came out stronger after the break and Grandison warmed the hands of Sargeant with a well-struck shot as Redditch sensed an upset against their local rivals.
And the Reds should have equalised six minutes later when midfielder Mark Hands slipped the ball through to Cresswell who had a clean run at goal but the young forward shot straight at Sargeant.
Further chances came and went for United who were finally rewarded for their patience after 74 minutes when the impressive Grandison seized on a slip from Ayres to go through on goal and fire home past Sargeant.
The sides could not be separated at the final whistle which signalled an extra thirty minutes to decide who would play Kidderminister Harriers in the semi-final.
Redditch took a giant stride forward after Grandison’s bizarre second goal though City claimed a penalty five minutes before half time in extra time when Greg Mills was floored by United skipper Joshua Quaynor.
Referee Bruce Rogers waved the appeals away and Quaynor delivered the killer blow with a lovely free-kick from the corner of the penalty area six minutes from the end to secure a superb victory for the Reds.
Reds can also take heart from the appearance of youngsters Amenku, Seb Jenkins and Leavi Oshungbure who have come through the youth set-up at The Valley Stadium.
Reds resume their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign by entertaining Barwell on Saturday (3pm).
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